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  • Mining stocks are starting to look attractive… What should you buy?
  • There are a number of fundamentals suggesting the time is nearing to start buying miners. This includes the large diversified miners like Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Glencore Xstrata. So what's changed? Why are these companies now looking like good investments? Read on to find out… The mining sector has went from excess supply to famine The mining sector as a whole is very cyc... ››› more
  • [11 July 2014]
  • The market is looking buoyant for precious metals
  • Gold, platinum and palladium continue to edge higher. A weaker dollar is helping to boost prices. Geopolitical tensions are helping push gold up. And supply concerns over platinum and palladium continue to drive prices higher. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The prices of precious metals continue to rise Precious metals look likely to complete a “sixth consecutive week... ››› more
  • [10 July 2014]
  • The energy sector looks set for further profits this year
  • Over the last few weeks, tensions have been mounting in Iraq. An outright civil war is underway. The insurgence led to the oil price hitting highs not seen for nearly ten months. So is there any way to play this surge in the oil price? Let's take a closer look… The oil price responded higher on developments in Iraq Since events in Iraq started to snowball so has the oil price. With Iraq as o... ››› more
  • [04 July 2014]
  • What's going on at the world's largest gold vault?
  • At the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, the fifth subfloor hosts the largest gold vault in the world. The vault is 25 metres below the street, and is made of steel and concrete. Protecting its entrance is a 90 ton steel cylinder. There are very few with security clearance that can enter. But is there something afoot at the world's largest gold vault? Are the contents not exactly what ever... ››› more
  • [01 July 2014]
  • Uranium: A commodity that's set to rocket over the next five years
  • The way things are shaping up, uranium is poised to jump in value over the coming five years. It all comes down to the production costs associated with uranium. Commodities go through booms and busts all the time. When prices are low, more people start to use the commodity. This causes a boom to begin and increases supply. This leads to a price rise, which eventually results in a bust. And it look... ››› more
  • [27 June 2014]
  • The oil price hits its highest level in nine months as the Iraq crisis deepens
  • For the first time in nine months, yesterday the price of Brent crude oil hit over $115 intraday. The oil price is responding to escalating tensions in Iraq as insurgents continue to battle for ground. The latest targets are oil fields around Baghdad. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what this means for the oil price longer-term… Risks to oil production are pushing the oil pric... ››› more
  • [20 June 2014]
  • Could government's move to get its slice of new energy action backfire?
  • The South African government's plans to take a 20% stake in all new energy projects is under fire. The ANC want to push a change to the current law through before the next general election. But industry experts warn the move could mean SA misses out on opportunities as companies will simply take their business elsewhere. Let's take a closer look at the proposal… What the amendment to the bill ... ››› more
  • [28 May 2014]
  • A potential energy revolution: The shift from crude oil to natural gas
  • In most countries, there's a very high reliance on petrol and diesel. Oil is powering cars, vans, trucks, ships and trains. As this continues, there's another energy source that could become widespread in its use. And that natural gas. It's cheaper, cleaner and quieter than crude oil products. So what does it mean if there's a shift to natural gas? And is there a potential for you to profit from t... ››› more
  • [26 May 2014]
  • Check these five points before you invest in a resources stock
  • If you want to invest in a resources stock there are a few things you should check out before you jump in. Investing in a resources stock is different to investing in a physical resources themselves. And because of this, they can perform differently. Let's take a closer look at what you should weigh up… Resources stocks can be risky Mining and resources stocks can be risky. They’re in... ››› more
  • [14 May 2014]
  • How to invest in commodities with ETFs
  • If you're looking for exposure to commodities in your portfolio, you can use exchange traded funds (ETFs). You can either invest in an index-based ETF or you can opt for a commodity-backed ETF. So what's the difference? And how can you invest in them? Let's take a closer look… Commodities ETFs option one Your first option in commodities ETFs is to buy an index-based ETF that invests in diffe... ››› more
  • [05 May 2014]
  • The JSE suffers as a rallying dollar causes commodity prices to slump
  • Yesterday, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange ended firmly in the red. The commodity-heavy bourse suffered as the dollar rallied after release of inflation data in the US. This led gold and the other major metal prices to fall heavily. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE yesterday… ****************************************************** A proven path to a lifetime of wealth Mo... ››› more
  • [16 April 2014]
  • Uncertainty in Ukraine fuels the price of gold and palladium higher
  • Over the weekend, mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine continued to dominate the news. By the time the markets opened yesterday morning, the yellow metal was itching to start climbing. As investors get worried over what's going to happen in Ukraine, they're turning to the safe haven status of gold. But gold isn't the only metal rising as a result of what's happening in Ukraine. Let's take ... ››› more
  • [15 April 2014]
  • Where is the price of silver headed?
  • The price of silver has been ebbing since March last year. It's currently trading below $20. But silver is getting ready to rally. There are several forces at play that look set to drive the price higher. Silver looks set to trade at more than double its current price within two years. Let's take a closer look at the reasons why… The four basic drivers of the silver price These are the main... ››› more
  • [04 April 2014]
  • The JSE hits a record high for the second day on the trot
  • Today, the JSE booked another record close after hitting record highs yesterday. Good performances from mining shares helped push the local bourse higher. Fuelling mining shares higher were higher commodity prices. Let's take a closer look at what happened on the JSE today… Mining shares performed well The JSE entered the record books for the “second day in a row,” says Fin24. Shares in... ››› more
  • [02 April 2014]
  • The JSE storms higher as good news abounds
  • The Johannesburg Stock Exchange closed higher today with good news fuelling shares. The local market took positive cues from the chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve's positive indications last night. And better manufacturing data out of China added more confidence. Let's take a closer look at the day on the JSE… Chinese manufacturing data comes out positive China’s data for manufacturing... ››› more
  • [01 April 2014]
  • The supply and demand squeeze that's going to send the price of gold soaring
  • Governments are huge hoarders of gold and they continue to stock up. But where is all the gold coming from to satisfy this appetite? Demand for gold is strengthening. And after 2013 being awful for the yellow metal, its fortunes are changing this year. The gold price is up 10% so far this year. And with demand steadily growing and no abundant supplies, the price is going to rise… Governments h... ››› more
  • [25 March 2014]
  • Along with world markets, the JSE fell as investors worry about growth in China
  • Yesterday, the JSE took a knock as concerns over economic growth in China continue. The JSE wasn't the only market to slide under the pressure. International markets were all under strain. Why are investors so concerned? Let's take a closer look at what's going on… It was a bad day on stock markets across the world The JSE’s Top 40 Index tumbled “just over 1%”yesterday, reports Fin24.... ››› more
  • [13 March 2014]
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